This is a prime example of what I call a classic, and completely admirable, "Big House” NV Brut. The nose is yeasty but not too, there is freshness yet a trace of age, there is complexity yet there is still some primary fruit and the round but still vibrant offer excellent depth and fine length plus, and this is the most important part, real finishing character. A more than respectable example that is a really lovely effort in every respect and while it could be aged to moderate benefit, I probably wouldn't do so beyond 3 years or so. Score: 91. —Allen Meadows,
(made from roughly one-third each Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier; 11 g/l dosage; disgorged in 2013 after five years on its yeasts): Bright yellow. Potent smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by notes of tarragon, toasted brioche and pungent flowers. Fleshy and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering juicy pear and nectarine flavors and a bracing kick of chalky minerals. This rich yet lively Champagne finishes with very good thrust and length and repeating smokiness.
Rich and creamy, this harmonious Champagne is expressive, with brioche, crystallized honey, black currant and toasted marshmallow flavors, accented by hints of verbena, baked peach and chopped nut. Vibrant and focused through to the lasting, saline-tinged finish. Drink now through 2022.-A.N.
Expressive, yeasty aromas of apple, warm biscuits, toasted nuts, truffle and minerals. A rich, nutty midweightwith enticing coffee, mushrooms and truffle notes. Smooth and harmonious, with a brisk framingacidity. Nicely balanced Champagne with good intensity and length.
Wine Maker Notes
Produced from 105 different Champagne crus. Contains 50% reserve wine from up to 8 different years.
COMPOSITION: 35% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay
Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve is a wonderful accompaniment to a variety of foods, especially regionalFrench cuisine.